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Lower Republican NRD

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Name Address Phone Numbers
Jerry Kovarik
District Conservationist
 
707 North Kennedy
P.O. Box 410
Alma, NE 68920-0410
Phone: (308) 928-2089 ext. 3
Fax: (308) 928-3159
 

District Conservationist Biographical Sketch

I was born and raised in Burwell, Ne. I graduated from Burwell Jr - Sr High and attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Shortly after graduating, I started working for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in O'Neill as a temporary employee on April 7, 1987. After 6 months I was hired as a Soil Conservationist. I then changed positions and became a Rangeland Management Specialist. I held this position until I accepted the Resource Conservationist position in O'Neill. One year later, I then applied and accepted the District Conservationist position in the Upper Elkhorn NRD, where I worked until transferring to the Lower Republican NRD in 2010.

Resource Needs and Concerns

A diversity of resource needs and concerns exist and have been identified by local leaders within the Lower Republican Natural Resources District (LRNRD). These concerns include:

NRCS Role in addressing the LRNRD and Local work group Priorities

Priorities are divided between irrigation water management, soil erosion control, and grazingland health issues.

NRCS is the primary source of technical assistance to address the priorities identified by the LRNRD Board of Directors and the Local Work Group.

Primary Programs and Services

NRCS utilizes the following programs on a routine basis to address the resource concerns and needs identified by the LRNRD Board of Directors and the Local Work Group:

Republican Tribs EQIP Priority Area

The Lower Republican Local Work Group has made inefficient irrigation its top priority.  Other EQIP priorities in the Lower Republican NRD Area are erosion and organic matter depletion on cropland, plant productivity on rangeland, and excess plant and pest pressure along the Republican River and its tributaries.  These priorities will help conserve the 657,000 acres of cropland (327,000 of these acres are irrigated), 759,000 acres of rangeland, and 11,500 acres of forestland.  Some of the conservation practices used through EQIP are Conservation Cropping Sequence, Irrigation Water Management (Irrigated to Dryland, Gravity to Center Pivot, Soil Moisture Sensors, Subsurface Drip), Livestock Pipeline, Livestock Tanks, Livestock Wells, Terraces, and Underground Outlets.

  • Water quantity
  • Irrigation systems and improved efficiency
  • Water quality concerns associated with high nitrates levels in the groundwater
  • Soil erosion control on cropland
  • Grazingland health
  • Quality and quantity of wildlife
  • Forestry resources in the district
  • Improving irrigation efficiency of irrigation systems
  • Groundwater nitrate level reduction
  • Soil erosion control on cropland
  • Improving grazingland health
  • Improving the quality and quantity of wildlife habitat in the LRNRD
  • EQIP, AWEP, CSP, CRP, NSWCP, WILD NEBRASKA and various local LRNRD programs